So, I was really hopeful that we'd get a chance to get to KSC on this trip, especially with my geeky kids who are in to games like Kerbal Space Program, have watched rocket launches online with me, etc. Best of all, the new Atlantis exhibit was going to be open by the time we went. To his credit, although Nicholas was a little skeptical about taking a day away from roller coasters and theme park rides, he recognized how important it was for me so he let us add it on the schedule. And it helped that they've got an Angry Birds Space thing there too.
When you get to the new space shuttle exhibit, you have to go through a series of short movies that they put together to talk about some of the history of the shuttle program. At the end, the projector turns off, the screen rolls up, and this is what you see.
I knew I had to go here, but when I actually saw it I was overtaken by emotion to the point I was crying. Just a few feet out of reach, this thing right in front of me has been to space and back 33 times. The incredible engineering that designed and built these "flying bricks" and the people who kept them flying for nearly 30 years... I dont know if we'll see anything like this again in my lifetime.